Bushcare in Rouse Hill and Coogee, SydneyJune 11, 2017
On Sunday 11th June 2017, volunteers gathered at Maria Lori Reserve in Rouse Hill to participate in Bushland Care. These members from the World Mission Society Church of God gave up their long weekend holiday. They were delighted and thankful that constant heavy rain stopped on the day of the event. Thirty-five volunteers worked in unity to lay 5 tonnes of mulch and to plant beautiful native trees in two areas.
Mulching is one of the most beneficial acts to keep our bush healthy. It controls weeds and helps to insulate soil, protecting roots from extreme summer and winter temperatures. It also reduces soil moisture loss.
Adults and high school students rolled up their sleeves to shovel and spread mulch evenly on the ground. Next, children who came along with their parents enjoyed planting native trees in mulched soil. In less than 2 hours, the park became more beautiful, brightened with fresh mulch and new plants.
Volunteer Melinda Edward said, “Big piles of mulch were laid in such a short period of time because we all worked as one with a joyful mind.”
Victoria Dhedadig who volunteered for the first time expressed her joy, saying “By doing good for our environment and local community, I feel happy and content.”
Hills Shire Council provided tools, together with snacks and water, to the volunteers. Council worker Dave assisted the volunteer work. After the event, he showed his appreciation to members for their great efforts. Dave said, “Thank you for coming back again for more volunteering work. We have achieved an excellent result today too!”
Simultaneously, eight members from WMSCOG volunteered for Bushland Care at Gordon’s Bay Reserve in Coogee. They gathered and removed weeds filling fifteen 100 litre bags within two hours.
Marnie Watling said, “All members joined in this event with great joy. The weather was cloudy as if it was going to rain. Thanks to Father and Mother for holding back the rain.”
Volunteer Josh Gold said, “These harmful weeds are choking the native plants. Even if other conditions are favourable, the plants cannot prosper unless the weeds are removed. Thanks to God Elohim for allowing me many spiritual realisations. Indeed, it is very meaningful and worthwhile to make efforts for our nature.”